A bouncer at a Washington Road nightclub was the victim of multiple gun shots while working at Dreams nightclub late Wednesday night.
Paul Dicks, 27, of Augusta, was shot twice in the left side of his chest and once in the neck, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Brandon Beckman.
At about 11:30 p.m., Augusta 911 personnel received several calls reporting that someone had been shot in a parking lot adjacent to the popular nightspot, police said.
The club is located at 3023 Washington Road and was formerly a Chinese restaurant and a Shoney's Inn.
As of 1:30 a.m., Thursday, police said Mr. Dicks was in surgery at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Investigator Beckman said the victim was patrolling the parking lot near the nightclub when he was approached by four men who attempted to grab a gold chain from his neck. When Mr. Dicks refused their demands and pushed one of the men away from him, another man reached for a gun and fired several shots.
"They were unable to get anything from the victim," Investigator Beckman said.
After being shot, Mr. Dicks walked from the crime scene to the club's entrance and told employees what had just happened.
Investigator Beckman said Mr. Dicks was working his regular shift as a bouncer and security guard at the club. "His injuries are possibly life-threatening," the investigator said. The victim did not know his attackers, Investigator Beckman said.
Police said they aren't certain if the suspects escaped in a car or ran from the scene. "We're still following leads," Investigator Beckman said.
Anyone with information about Wednesday night's shooting should contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.